“Why would I tie myself to one woman if I were interested in others?” says Jerôme, even as he plans on marrying a diplomat’s daughter by summer’s end. Before then, Jerôme spends his July at a lakeside boardinghouse nursing crushes on the sixteen-year-old Laura and her blonde stepsister, Claire.
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re-rating. Les liaisons dangereuses by Laclos via a conversational discursive model, through evolutionary chapters whose varying durations depends on their contribution to the action's progress, which follow the steps of an evolving novel, elusive as the lyrics of a "chanson française": gently disconsolate, where, like in Renoir, love is always a game's hypothesis. With Nestor Almendros' "ars veritas" cinematography.
How quickly I fall in love with Rohmer's characters and their situations, with all of their moral idiosyncrasies... Stunning yet understated photography, brilliantly paced moments & impossibly beautiful women.
A brilliantly complex tale of an engaged man being encouraged by an old flame to woo a young girl. Far more morally dense than My Night at Maud's, with even richer character sketches. Rohmer's ability to deepen and pervert the POV shot continues to thrill me.
The characters, dialogue, and impossibly gorgeous setting of this film are all admirable, to be sure, but what I find absolutely enchanting is the way in which Rohmer creates such an intensely erotic moment of something so indirectly sexual (here, and in his other films as well). Hollywood's blatant, excessive portrayals of sensuality simply can't stand up to the effortless way Rohmer depicts human desire and longing
A superlative piece of filmmaking. The dialogue is--characteristic of Rohmer--piercing and well-timed, the casting is almost preternaturally perfect, and the setting is idyllic. Through Rohmer's lens we scrutinize the daily misadventures of a deluded and morally misguided man. The female characters are strong--individually and as a group--and, while not without faults, they can at least acknowledge their failings.